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Couldn't find my 'do not resuscitate' papers & this is what happened

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To The Daily Sun,

To those of you who smoke and/or heat with a wood stove it's time to smarten up. I smoked for over 50 years and for the last few heated with wood in a 100 year old wood stove. My family kept after me to quit smoking but like all smokers I never listened because I was invincible. But in February of 2011, during a short heat spell, I decided to clear off the ice build-up on my roof. Around 9 or so that night I started to have problems breathing but luckily had enough strength to call 911. That began a 2-1/2 year odyssey of 911 calls, hospital stays and a nursing home.

Even though I thought I had DNR papers on file, no-one found them so I ended up incubated and spent 86 days at Speare and Concord Hospital recovering. My family rushed around making plans of what to do with me when it was all over. My sister traveled back and forth from Oregon at least three times, and luckily one niece was local. Somehow I recovered enough to be discharged, so all the ditch digging was in vain. However I ended up being admitted three more times, finally ending up in a nursing home for 16 months before talking my way out. So now I am on oxygen 24/7, not driving, taking enough pills to make Cheech & Chong jealous, but luckily qualified for Medicaid and my Social Security retirement funds to live on since I had to use all my retirement funds for bills.

So, the bottom line is this, make sure your papers are in order and your family knows your wishes. Check your wood stove for leaks and cut down or quit smoking. Take it from someone who's been there and came back.

Jon Hoyt